Out of State Group Says Marijuana Tax to Fund Schools, but AZ Democrats Say Tax will First Fund Government Bureaucracy to Promote Pot
PHOENIX – This afternoon Chairman Robert Graham of the Arizona Republican Party commented on the Arizona Democratic Party’s statements in an online survey contradicting the arguments of pro-recreational marijuana supporters. The initiative, known as Proposition 205, will be on Arizona’s November ballot and if passed, would legalize recreational marijuana in Arizona.
The Yes on 205 campaign insists that the tax on recreational marijuana will be used “largely” to help fund schools. The Arizona Democratic Party, however, points out that the measure requires the funds first be used to create a government bureaucracy to support the industry.
“The Arizona Democrats let the cat out of the bag and admitted that Prop 205 is not what it seems to be,” said Arizona Republican Party Chairman Robert Graham. “Every voter knows that government bureaucracies grow quickly to consume their entire budgets, and any promise of extra money left over for schools is a false one. That’s just another reason to vote no on Prop 205.”
The Arizona Republican Party formally opposes Prop 205, and is working with Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy to encourage voters to vote no on the measure. The No on 205 campaign website is www.noprop205.com.
“You hear people say ‘legalize it and tax it’ but the reality is that tax revenue is only going to be used to promote more marijuana use. The more the use, the bigger the industry. The bigger the industry, the bigger the bureaucracy, and it will be a new government entitly not only solely dedicated to increasing marijuana use and sales, but it will consume any and all tax revenue from those sales, with nothing left for schools,” Graham added.